The Spark Foundation Collection 26 August—1 September
International Art Centre will present the Collection of the Spark Foundation.
Primarily during the 1990s and 2000s, Spark New Zealand (then known as Telecom) supported the art community by investing in an impressive collection of works by some of our nation’s most gifted artists. In 2011, this art collection was gifted by the company to a dedicated Art Trust, with the works remaining on display within Spark premises. In 2017, as part of a rationalisation of charitable foundations associated with Spark, the Spark Art Trust was dissolved and the art collection was transferred to the Spark Foundation.
Spark Foundation’s philanthropic mission is to accelerate towards digital equity. They are proud of partnerships across Aotearoa that are making a real difference in ensuring the next generation of thinkers, our tamariki and rangitahi, have the digital access we take for granted, and are inspired by the opportunities the digital future presents. Although the Spark Foundation Trustees were proud to become kaitiaki of the art collection, International Art Centre has always kept an open mind towards selling the collection and investing the proceeds into supporting their digital equity programme.
Featured painting: ‘Wellington Rooftops’ by Rita Angus